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Courses: Freelance Business Building, Front End Development, The Break Into Tech Blueprint, Visual Design, Wordpress Development

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About Skillcrush

Skillcrush has more than 17,000 students in all 50 states and in 127 countries worldwide. Their mission is to make tech careers attainable for everyone. Skillcrush Blueprints are designed for beginners to learn all the skills they need to start making... Read More

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Courses

Freelance Business Building

  • Cost: $499
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

You’ve been working hard to learn new skills, and now it’s time for those skills to work for you. Whether you’re looking to supplement your current income, gain the kind of flexibility that only comes from being your own boss, or scale your existing freelance business, this is the program for you.

In the 3-month Freelance Business Building Blueprint, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start working on freelance projects, including how to price and market your services, find clients, land a paid project, scope and budget your project, write and present a winning proposal, and maintain a steady stream of clients. When you’re done with this class and this blueprint, you’ll be ready to get paid for your work!

As your own boss, you decide your hours, what you work on, and how much you make. But when you’ve only ever worked for someone else, getting started can feel overwhelming. Lucky for you, there is a method to the madness: clear, well-established best practices that will guarantee your freelancing success. You just need to learn from people who’ve done it before!

Subjects: Sales, Social Media Marketing, Networking, Career Coaching, Personal Finance, Digital Marketing

Front End Development

  • Cost: $499
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Are you ready to tap into one of the fastest growing (and highest paying) careers in tech? Learn how to become a Front End Developer and code exceptional, interactive websites that work perfectly across all platforms and devices. Because nearly every business needs a dynamic website to reach its customers, the demand for front end developers is off the charts. With an explosive job market, killer salary, and tons of growth opportunities, front end development is one of the hottest jobs in tech!

The Front End Developer Blueprint is 3 months of practical instruction that includes everything you need to get started the right way:

HTML & CSS (FTP, Domains, Hosting)
Don’t know the first thing about technology? Then this class is for you. HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the web. Learn how to structure, design and launch your own website in class. Don’t worry about getting stuck – We’re here to answer any questions you have along the way!

Git Safari (Command Line, Git, GitHub)
Learn the basics of the most popular version control system that all the pros use. This class will teach you how to use the command line, Git and GitHub. You’ll learn how to install Git, create repositories and store those repositories in GitHub so you can share your code. And you’ll learn how to do it all via the command line!

Responsive Web Development (Media Queries, Responsive, Typography, Flexbox)
Ready to turn those responsive designs into code? In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to turn static, old-fashioned sites into dynamic, responsive ones. You’ll transform mockups into beautiful, fully-functional responsive sites using HTML and CSS, and even get your hands dirty with Sass and the responsive framework Bootstrap. If you already know HTML + CSS and have learned the basics of designing for the mobile web, this class will turn you into a responsive development machine.

JavaScript & jQuery
The web is an interactive medium! Learn how to design engaging user experiences and then translate those dreams into motion using JavaScript and jQuery. JavaScript is fast becoming THE language of the mobile web, and jQuery is the #8 fastest growing job keyword!

Subjects: CSS, Git, HTML, Command Line, Responsive Design, Domain Management

The Break Into Tech Blueprint

  • Cost: $1,499
  • Duration: 36 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Our most robust, personalized online training program gives you access to our entire library of classes, plus career counselors to help you every step of the way. At Skillcrush, you will learn the skills you need to break into a high-paying, flexible career in technology. What would it mean to you to make an extra $5–10,000 this year? And the year after? Here’s everything you'll need to transform your career in our 9-month Break Into Tech Blueprint.

Phase 1: Gain the Foundational Tech Skills Every Forward-Thinking Professional Needs to Know (HTML & CSS, Git & GitHub, Website)
Kick things off with a solid foundation in common coding languages, and industry best practices. In this phase you’ll:
-Code & launch websites using HTML and CSS, the two coding languages that power every single website in the world.
-Start using Git, the version control software used by every major tech company, to track your projects, giving you one of the most important skills a professional technologist must know.
-Code and launch your very own personal portfolio—from scratch.

Phase 2: Level Up Your Skills to Make Money Like the Boss You Were Born to Be (Visual Design, Branding, Web Development, Javascript, Wordpress, Ruby)
It’s always good to be well rounded, but the real money is made by those who specialize. In this phase, you’ll work with your dedicated Career Counselor to pick your desired specialization and customize your learning track to meet your goals. In the process, you’ll:
-Discover the tech job or job path that will keep you motivated and excited to learn more for years to come
-Master the core technical skills of your chosen path, and put them into practice building a portfolio of projects
-Rapidly improve your technical skills in your chosen area of expertise, so that you can compete with anyone, even someone with years of experience
-Land your very first paying client! There’s nothing more motivating than seeing a return on your investment of time and money, which is why you’re going to get out there right away.

Depending on your chosen learning path, you’ll also learn:
-The branding, identity, and visual design skills to kick ass as a Visual Designer
-The JavaScript & Responsive Web Development skills every Front End Designer is required to know
-The WordPress skills that will allow you to make thousands of dollars as a WordPress Developer

Phase 3: Turn Your New Skills Into Cold Hard Cash (Intro to Freelancing, Building a Freelance Business, Career Resources)
You’ve been working hard to learn new skills, and now it’s time for those skills to work for you. Whether you’re looking to supplement your current income, gain the kind of flexibility that only comes from being your own boss, or land a new full-time tech job, we’ve got you covered. In this phase, you’ll once again work hand-in-hand with your Career Counselor to decide what success looks like for you, whether that’s freelancing, remote work, or landing a traditional 9-to-5, and plan your curriculum accordingly. You’ll also:
-Get your entire freelancing house in order, so that you know you’re always putting your most professional foot forward. That means preparing everything you’ll need, including a business & marketing plan, project proposals, invoicing templates, client contracts, an accounting system, and much more.
-Practice the “snowball technique” for pricing your work, so that you can build up to a $50...$60...$70,000 salary faster than you ever thought possible.
-Set up repeatable systems that allow you to get a steady stream of clients & make more money.
-Rapidly grow your pipeline of potential clients to make sure you always have more work to do.

Plus, you’ll learn:
-How to position yourself on LinkedIn and other social media platforms, such that recruiters come find you.
-How to create a resume and cover letter that will make you irresistible to hiring managers, and how to approach interviews from a learning mentality to maximize the return on your time spent job hunting.
-The best tech-specific interview techniques, so you’ll always be prepared for any job-interview whiteboard or code-pairing exercise.

Subjects: Design Principles, CSS, Git, HTML, Sales, Sinatra, Responsive Design, Ruby, Social Media Marketing, Networking, Career Coaching, UI Design, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, UX Design, Digital Marketing, Wordpress

Visual Design

  • Cost: $499
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Do you ever feel like you missed your chance to have a creative career? Learn how to become a Visual Designer to design and build standout digital brands. You CAN have a rewarding (and high-paying) career in design, even if you didn’t go to art school. You just need to learn the skills and industry tools that can help you focus your creative energy.

The Visual Designer Blueprint is 3 months of practical instruction that includes everything you need to get started the right way:

Visual Design Fundamentals and Tools - UX/UI, Sitemaps, Wireframes, Color Theory, Typography, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, UXPin
Learn the fundamental concepts of visual design in the digital age including user experience and user interface design, color theory, and typography. Once you learn the conceptual foundations of visual design, you’ll put it into practice using the world’s most popular design tools–Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign–to create professional-quality design projects you’ll be proud to show potential employers and clients.

Branding & Identity Design - Branding Standards, Target Audience, Style Guide, Logos, Icons, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Now that you have all the fundamental concepts and tools of Visual Design under your belt, it’s time to deepen your knowledge by creating your first, full-fledged brand identity. In this class you’ll learn how to build a brand from the ground up, just as you would working as a Visual Designer. You’ll walk through every step of a professional design workflow and, in the end, you’ll have a cohesive brand, including logos, icons, and a style guide to show for your efforts.

Visual Design Professional - Intermediate UX/UI, Layout Trends, User Testing, Team Structures, Sales Pages, UXPin, Photoshop
A Visual Designer’s job is to bring a brand’s identity to life through its many customer touch points. Now that you know how to build a brand, it’s time to take that brand from concept to digital reality! In this class, you’ll learn how to layout and design a professional sales page that accurately communicates a company’s brand to its target audience.

Subjects: Design Principles, Illustrator, Photoshop, Sales, UX Testing, Collaboration, UI Design, UX Design, Digital Marketing

Wordpress Development

  • Cost: $499
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Are you ready to learn one of the most marketable skills, or to land a side gig that pays more than your monthly salary? Learn how to become a Freelance Wordpress Developer and code robust websites using the most popular content management system. WordPress developers have the most versatile skillset in the world. Approximately 60 million websites run on WordPress, but you’d never know it! That’s because WordPress developers know how to take the same set of raw materials and build beautiful, functional, and totally unique websites.

The WordPress Developer Blueprint is a 3-month long Blueprint that includes everything you could possibly need to get started the right way:

Introduction to WordPress - Wordpress, PHP, Custom Theming
Learn the basic foundation of the most in-demand content management system on the Web! This class will walk through the full admin back-end of the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and introduce PHP, the programming language that powers all WordPress sites.

Git Safari - Command Line, Git, GitHub
Learn the basics of the most popular version control system that all the pros use. This class will teach you how to use the command line, Git and GitHub. You’ll learn how to install Git, create repositories and store those repositories in GitHub so you can share your code. And you’ll learn how to do it all via the command line!

WordPress Professional Best Practices - Command Line, Git & Github, Customizing Plugins, Mobile Optimization, Professional Deployment & Workflow
During this class you will learn how to develop WordPress like the professional WordPress developer you now are. This will include setting up a professional deployment process using Git & Github, learning how to build upon an existing WordPress site, and designing & developing a whole host of common client requests such as interactive contact forms, custom post types, and custom 404 pages.

Introduction to Freelancing - Set Pricing & Services, Find Clients, Networking Scoping & Budgeting, Proposals, Project Agreements
In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start working on freelance projects, including how to price and market your services, find clients, land a paid project, scope and budget your project, write and present a winning proposal, and maintain a steady stream of clients. When you’re done with this class and this blueprint, you’ll be ready to get paid for your work!

Subjects: Git, Mobile, Sales, Command Line, Social Media Marketing, Networking, Career Coaching, Personal Finance, PHP, Digital Marketing, Wordpress

Skillcrush Reviews

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4.72/5

(134 reviews)
    2/13/2016
  • Maureen Wurster
  • Graduated: 2015

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"Don't waste your $"

Just do CodeAcademy. It's free and you can now get support for $20 a month.

This course started out okay for me but if you need techinical help, like with your account it takes DAYS for anyone to back to you. The actual interface that they use for you... Read More

The lessons themselves aren't explained very well, especially the Javascript portion. I got through the css and html okay but I pretty much had to drop out when it got to the Javascript (which I am now learning using other programs and books).

They also spent way too much time on fluffy stuff like how to use photoshop which, sorry but that's not what I signed up for. They spend a whole week on design and typography, which I do think is important but not as important as learning CODING which is what the course is supposed to be for. They even go over color theory before they freaking teach you how to code!

I mean sure, teach design, but at least wait until your students can actually make a website first! This is also super irritating for me because I actually have a bachelors in fine art and have taken typography, color theory and design classes already. Such a waste of my time and $!

It reminds me of a photoshop professor I had who would always say, " I am just here to teach you how this program works, I cannot give you creative talent, I cannot make you an artist".

They needed to focus more time on the coding. They should teach design separately. It's true that everyone can learn to code but not everyone is going to be good at design! They make you think that anyone can be a great designer after taking a three month course.

Can you learn to code in three months? Yeah. Does that automatically mean you will be a talented web DESIGNER? Hell No! Sorry, I worked really hard to put myself through a fine art school so that really gets my goat.

They push a lot of their favorite products, without mentioning that you don't have to actually use those products.

It was too easy for the first couple of weeks and then when I got to the Javascript part it was overly confusing. And I can't stress enough how messy the interface is.

Also, I signed up for the mobile web design course by accident and made it a few weeks into the course before realizing I needed to know HTML and CSS first. They did switch me but it did take at least a week for anyone to respond to my questions.

I learned how to use GIT during that time which is cool and was easy enough to understand. But during that course they definitely favor Mac over PC. And that sucks because when you are using Command-line interface to program,Mac and Pc don't work in the same way. All of the examples and videos show someone working on a Mac and they don't show examples of what it looks like on PC. For some of the excercises they mention how the two differ, but most of the time they are just like " this is different when you do it on a PC, sorry!".

I now realize that there are so many FREE options that are much more intuitive and easy to understand than Skill Crush for learning html, css, javascript and any other programming languages that you don't really need to spend $350 on a Skill Crush course.

All of the paid programs that they suggest that you use have a million other alternatives.

I like the community part of it where you can interact with other users but that's pretty much it.

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    9/14/2015
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2015

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"I so wanted to love this Skillcrush, but it was not to be."

I love Adda's message, and she's a talented writer and coder. But I had technical problems the farther I got into the Web Development course. Quizzes would popup days after I had finished related sections. Also, new class sections popped up that I hadn't... Read More

I tried MightyBell for class questions, but I guess I wasn't linked by the staff to receive daily emails. I needed to contact staff too many times when I couldn't download material, which they then sent to me by email.

Very frustrating, because the website was well designed. Just didn't work for me due to too many technical issues.

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    9/1/2015
  • Erin
  • Graduated: 2015

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"Very misleading."

I already do website maintenance (html/css) in my career, but I wanted to step it up and add to my skills so I could branch out. I thought the Web Development blueprint would be an easy and affordable way to advance. I liked that it was flexible and I... Read More

I breezed through the HTML/CSS portion because I am familiar with that, but after starting Javascript, I was totally lost. It made me feel as if I was stupid and incompetent, but really its caused by the lack of explanation and information on Skillcrush's part. There just wasn't enough guidance! There are so many holes they expect you to fill on your own. They literally instruct you to "google" how to do certain steps when they don't take the time to explain them in lessons. The majority of the lessons told you really simple information and then you were left to put the pieces together and magically create something out of scratch. So a 30 min to 1 hour lesson would take hours to complete. What a deterrent!

There is no way someone who is a complete novice could successfully begin a career in web development after finishing these courses. That claim is such a joke. Employers would scoff at this resume if you brought this lack of skill to them. Even though Skillcrush claims you will have a polished, impressive portfolio at the end of Part 1, you get basic HTML & CSS to make a one page site with a few paragraphs and pictures. That's not acceptable in the modern web anymore and honestly is something you should expect from 1998. I got completely frustrated with how much the lessons leave you sitting in the dark that I haven't even finished the 2nd part of the blueprint. I suspect the third and final portion will be the same way.

There is a support system of other peers which can be nice, but I found the Mighty Bell platform to be very confusing. Most of the time the students questions would go unanswered by the instructors and we were left trying to answer each others questions without any confirmation. My instructor was constantly late posting or posted the wrong week and took far too long to correct the mistake. That made learning even more confusing. The office hours were always at odd times...always during the weekend. I couldn't make any of them. It would be more useful if the office hours were during the week in the evenings.

Overall, I was disappointed with what I got out of Skillcrush for the $400 price tag. After giving up on Skillcrush, I picked up a Javascrip & JQuery book and felt more informed after reading it for 30 minutes than I did pulling my hair out for 2 weeks in the lessons. The lessons can help you start understanding websites, but I wouldn't use it to change your career....because it just simply does not give you that knowledge. I will say that the blog has a lot of great ideas and guidance on changing your career and how to get started. A++ in that aspect, but the lessons are terrible and were a waste of money.

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    8/5/2015
  • Anonymous
  • Graduated: 2015

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"Extremely meh"

Offers nothing that isn't available for free hundreds of other places online, and charges more than even the best courses. All for something that dumps you out... not far from when you started. These courses aren't even beginner's courses, they're basic... Read More

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Skillcrush's average rating is 4.72 out of 5.0 based on 134 review(s).

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There are many courses you can take at Skillcrush. These include Freelance Business Building, Front End Development, The Break Into Tech Blueprint, Visual Design, Wordpress Development

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